Landscape gardener in 'Worker of the Year' final

A landscape gardener has been shortlisted in a competition to find the UK Worker of the Year.

Jez Young on judging day
Jez Young on judging day

Jez Young from Ceredigion, Wales, attended a judging day by sponsors Suzuki GB in Milton Keynes last week and is now waiting to see if he will win the top spot and a choice of prizes.

He was also taken on a tour of the Suzuki headquarters, and out for a drive in the Suzuki S-Cross, one of the prize options for this year’s winner (pictured).

He said: "It’s an honour to be chosen to be one of the finalists but I was nervous as I walked in. I was a little in the dark about how the day was going to plan out, but I was incredibly excited at the prospect of being put in front of the judges. I cannot wait for this year’s finale now, another date for the diary."

Young is up against six other hard workers: Andrew Fox-Hewitt, a firefighter from Stoke-on-Trent, Louise Kathryn, a baker from Manchester, Andrew Mitchinson, an auto valeter from Yorkshire and Chris Teale, a plumbing and heating engineer from Barnet, Mike Watton, a chef from Cornwall and Francis Williams, a project engineer from Shropshire.

Maurice Morton, sales and marketing director at competition organiser Dickies said: "This year was definitely the most competitive judging day. In the past, the judges have sat down afterwards and come to an easy decision on the winner. All the finalists presented themselves brilliantly, which is a huge credit to them."

The winner will be announced at Brands Hatch on the 18 October where they can choose from a car, motorbike or quadbike and get the chance to win an additional £100,000 in cash if they predict the outcome of one of the final races over the British Superbike finale weekend.

Young runs a gardening business called Jez Young’s Secret Gardens but also works on civil engineering projects for a local firm. This includes anything from rock drilling in a river bed to installing a bridge and rebuilding stone pillars. He told judges he prides himself on health and safety and working to the highest standard.

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